The Extraordinary Ordinary – Natalie’s project

The Extraordinary Ordinary – Natalie’s project

It all begins with a story, then, you’ll get to know who’s behind it and the human side of it touches your heart, and then, boom! you’re hooked!

That was for me!

The Extraordinary Ordinary, a project by Natalie Rodriguez got me at hello!

Natalie communicated with me through mail, on a Sunday late afternoon back in June. At first, she went to a pile of unopened correspondence. Later, when I prepared my work calendar for the following week, I went back and read her story. Immediately, I could see this project carried a lot of heart and emotions, it talked about those people we encounter every day, in the subway, on the street, at the store, at our schools and jobs. Those people that we just catch a glance of, and don’t get to know much deeply after that.

Natalie’s project is about Erica, a character that embodies so much pain and despair, someone who holds inside so much that refrains her from being the independent, brilliant, and beautiful woman she really is. Erica survives every day, every minute of every day as she’s learned to live a life full of joys that cannot be fully appreciated because of a dark past that haunts her all the way.

To support her, Erica’s parents are over-bearing, intrusive and very far from helpful, although with all great intentions. On the other hand, Erica’s new friends present a false escape to her cruel reality. As a result, Erica reaches bottom, like many people whose battlefield is in their own mind, Erica tastes the ultimate defeat, and we all hope that she’ll be soon awakened to face those monsters that have been tormenting her for the longest.

Erica’s story is very relevant, very real and needs to be told. It’s through her that other lives can be saved, nurtured back to a better reality and given a chance to strive and succeed in a sometimes-cruel world. Her story reaches those who have battled in fear, in a darkness that many times consumes a person from the inside out. Those who have learned to behave in a crowded world, to walk among others with an invisible cloak, and most importantly to hide in plain sight. Those are the ones who fight a terrible war; their battlefield is in their mind.

The battle in the mind, does not discriminate. It can start as innocent as a simply panic attack, and then grow to become the authority to our actions and emotions. A mind it is a very powerful and dangerous zone to be in; many times, is the source of the most illustrious ideas but also be a source of total annihilation.

The Extraordinary Ordinary is a story of valor, strength and resilience. It talks about courage, love and forgiveness. It highlights a self-forgiveness, it invites us to look deep inside ourselves, to find a kind of love that no-one else can offer. When we pick up the pieces of a broken soul and heart, and we decide to carry on, it’s then, that we learn our pasts won’t define us but only strengthen us for a greater path in life, and a much rewarding future.

We thank you all who are supporters of a cause that brings light and a message of hope to those countless and many time anonymous who suffer in silent. Let’s tell them, it’s alright to feel incomplete, broken, and damaged, at least for a bit, and then, let’s show them there’s help, support and a friend on those who are here not to judge, not to condemn but to give an everlasting and never depleting: LOVE!

Thanks for all you who contribute to make a difference in the world, for those who hear our voices, and thanks to Natalie and her team for being so dedicated, courageous and wonderful, and for reaching out to us. It’s a pleasure!

We appreciate all your support, visit us at https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/the-extraordinary-ordinary

@TheExtraOrdFilm 

@NatChrisRod

Let’s go to the Theater….

Let’s go to the Theater….

Friends:

It’s that time again to meet us at the theater as we are gratefully proud of our talented and skillful Star; Lauren Han.

Lauren; an Actress and Singer is a beautiful soul inside a more beautiful woman! She has the face of innocence and virtue, the voice of an angel, and the strength of a mighty heroine. She sings and your spirit is awakened, it is transported to a new realm; among the clouds, reaching high with every note, up and up, where our Universe meets an infinite glorious space and other universes reside.

Lauren is part of a great cast on the Musical play “Son of Man” this September 29 and 30th, 2017.

Details below, and for more information and tickets visit; http://ezekiel.la

Come join us for a time of fun, art, music, and talent at its best!

Thank you all!

'TIS ALMOST SHOWTIME EVERYBODY!!! Sept: 29th & 30th 8PMImagine the story of Jesus set in 1910, Japanese occupied Korea….

Posted by Lauren Han on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cierra Burton: Staying True

Cierra Burton: Staying True

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it right? You can google the art of acting and scroll through the endless link to acting classes and PDF’s on how to evoke emotion in the audience. A crucial factor Burton takes into consideration when practicing the trade, is, being true to herself. “Stay true to yourself and don’t let other people try and convince you otherwise.”

Burton’s energy is swift and energetic. She has a knack for creating laughter in everyone she meets. Her luminous smile is contagious. Making people laugh isn’t the only talent Burton exercises, she is also a talented writer, frugal producer, and to top it off, an avid softball player. Being part of a team shows leadership and outstanding sportsmanship, there’s no denying that Burton is a versatile individual.

Ceirra Burton

Burton adds, “ I wanted to become an actor because I wanted to be able to create stories that I would want to see. Stories that were meaningful, honest, smart, and of course, witty.” Burton explains how she loves experiencing peoples’ reactions. “When they finish watching something that you did and tell you [that] there was a connection [with the character], is the best feeling; being able to resonate with people.”

Featured: Lauren Han (Left) Cierra Burton (Right)

The list of actors who give jaw-dropping performance is endless, but what Burtons admires about a performance is the fierceness. “I just admire actors who are fearless and not afraid to try new things in the moment. When working with actors and they challenge you- push you to be better, are worth remembering.”

Breaking out can be challenging, when asked what advice she would give to struggling actors, Burton didn’t hold back. “Perseverance and patience are two things [actors] should have. It’s very ying & yang; it definitely works. If you work hard and go after something you want, then let everything play out- you’ll get the opportunities that you wanted.”

Featured: Lauren Han (Left) Cierra Burton (Right)
Let’s Shake Things Up: Ken Knight

Let’s Shake Things Up: Ken Knight

“The hell- bent Dr. Faustus embraces Lucifer to gain knowledge, power, and a personal demon at the price of his soul. Marlowe’s work with a Punk tint examines the subversive nature of man against his own salvation,” reads the inviting flyer.

Kenneth Wesley Knight, who goes by Ken, is the director of Doctor Faustus, a play by Christopher Marlowe. “Playwright, poet; Christopher Marlowe was at the forefront of the 16th century dramatic renaissance. His work influenced William Shakespeare and generations of to follow,” as described on biography.com. Marlowe’s notable work includes The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.

Faustus portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

The qualitative cast of six includes: Bad Angel, Good Angel, Valdez, Cornelius, Faustus, and Mephistopheles. The good angel is a representation of Faustus’s urge to repent, while on the other hand, the bad angel, is his desire to continue his sinning ways. The Angels are merely thoughts Faustus has with himself; which keep his soul split.

Bad Angel portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.
Good Angel portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the original text written by Marlowe, Mephistopheles is played by a male. Knight went with another direction, by introducing the character as a she. Mephistopheles’s loyalty lies with Lucifer.

Mephistopheles portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

While dealing with the push and pull of selling his soul to the devil, Faustus makes two friends, Valdez and Cornelius who teach him the art of black magic. In the end, the bad angel, wins, and Faustus ends up selling his soul to Lucifer.

Valdez + Cornelius portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

 

Knight answered self-assured when asked how he thought of the modern take on Doctor Faustus. “The Punk idea came from previous shows I’ve done. When I do a piece of theater, I like to start with a piece of music, an era that would work well, and given the anarchistic nature of the show, what’s the genre that shakes things up and causes problems. “Marlowe; he liked to shake things up and cause problems.” When asked what he would like his audience to gain from attending his shows, he boldly states, “to have a good time. To be entertained.”

“As a textual nerd, it’s my mission to spread the good gospel of Shakespeare and Marlowe,” gleefully expresses Knight. Knight is no stranger to complex texts, having completed a masters program in English Literature. “The instant approval, the laughter, started at the age of 15 [love for theater].” When asked how he managed to materialize this play, Knight starts from the beginning, “I read the script a couple of years ago, and had been wanting to do it for about three years. I met Brando Kutz, [Co-Artistic Director], about two and a half years ago and knew he would be perfect for Faustus.” When Knight isn’t reading up on English Renaissance, he’s working on his writing and acting, as a  SAG- AFTRA member.

Director of Doctor Faustus, Ken Knight